Chairman Hastings Letter to Director Ashe and Administrator Lubchenco Requesting Extension of Comment Period of USFWS and NOAA Fisheries Proposed Revisions to Critical Habitat Economic Impact Analyses

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 19, 2012 -

Dear Director Ashe and Administrator Lubchenco:

I write regarding your agencies’ recent proposed rule that would make sweeping changes to regulations for analyzing the economic impacts of critical habitat designations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). I understand that the comment period for this proposed rule is scheduled to expire on October 23, 2012.

Considering the sweeping impact of this proposed rule, and the huge impacts that ESA-related decisions are already imposing on private property owners, economic activity and jobs, I am requesting that the comment period for this proposal be extended by 90 days. I am copying the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to ensure that he is also aware of my request.

Read the entire letter HERE.